Seeing the Town Millpond with lower levels of water may become more of a feature in future. The Environmental Agency is hard pushed to keep up maintenance as there are only 10 or so operatives for the whole of Hampshire.

The Millpond is such a special amenity to the town but the agency won’t be able to manage water levels for amenity purposes anymore.

They are still going to manage the pond for flood risk purposes though.

The solutions to the problem are very costly; either dredging the pond completely to remove all of the silt or– a partial dredge, where ridges of silt are removed.